Maryland on verge of joining states with paid family/medical leave

ANNAPOLIS, Md.—Maryland is on the verge of becoming the latest state to enact paid family and medical leave, despite the Republican Governor Larry Hogan’s planned veto.

That’s because both houses of the Democratic-controlled legislature approved the measure, HB1, by veto-proof margins, rejecting business lobbying and Hogan’s weaker version.

When finally enacted, in the veto session next January, the measure would give at least five paid days of sick or family leave to workers in any firm with at least 15 employees. It would aid some 750,000 workers, supporters said.

“We did it!” exulted the 160-group Maryland Working Families Coalition. “No matter where you live or what your job is, we all get sick. Yet more than 40 percent of Marylanders” can’t take paid leave to get well, it added. The coalition worked for the legislation for years.

The coalition includes the National Partnership for Women and Families, National Nurses United and its Maryland state affiliate, the state AFL-CIO, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 689, UFCW Local 1994, the Communications Workers, the Laborers, the Service Employees, and the Montgomery and St. Mary’s NEA chapters.

Source: PAI